The Wild Dark Flowers
Published in July 2014.
This is the second in the 'Rutherford Park' series. We meet the Cavendish family again, and their downstairs staff in the late spring of 1915. The war in France has become a monstrous drain of human life and all those at Rutherford are affected by it; from Harry, the heir, fighting with the Royal Flying Corps, through to the sensitive David Nash enlisting in Kitchener's New Army and steeling himself against what is to come. Passions run deep throughout the house - from Octavia, struggling to be a dutiful mother and wife despite her love for John Gould, to the Jack Armitage's adoration of Louisa, the eldest Cavendish daughter. Across the Atlantic, we also see John Gould make a life-changing decision.....
The third in the Rutherford series - THE GATES OF RUTHERFORD - is published in 1st September 2015. It continues the story of the Cavendish family through World War One and opens with the wedding of the youngest daughter, Charlotte. How realistic are Charlotte's misgivings? What is happening to the Cavendish's son, Harry, in France? And where is Jack Armitage, who volunteered to join? We are in April 1917 and the war rages; close to Rutherford, at Catterick Camp, a large prisoner-of-war camp has been established.
For the character of Frederick Rheinhardt, I've drawn on my mother's early memories of these prisoners of war, who were drafted in at harvest time to help in the fields, and whom my grandmother (who had lost her eldest son in the Battle of the Somme) used to offer food and drink to, saying 'They are all some poor mother's son'.
I tried to imagine a prisoner who was as kind-hearted as her, who finds himself trapped in a role he had never wanted and never imagined. Frightened and wounded, how will he affect Rutherford?
Meanwhile Lord and Lady Cavendish have problems of their own. Has their strained marriage survived? Why is Octavia Cavendish perpetually in London?
I hope you relish the doings of the household, and enjoy reading the story as much as I've enjoyed writing it.
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Elizabeth - September 2015